Rolex watch recovered; charges pending against man who allegedly tried to pawn it, police say

Posted Dec. 17, 2012, at 11:55 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 17, 2012, at 3:38 p.m.
A surveillance camera in a local pawn shop captured a man police say tried to sell a stolen Rolex watch.
Bangor Police Department
A surveillance camera in a local pawn shop captured a man police say tried to sell a stolen Rolex watch.

BANGOR, Maine — A man who claimed he found a Rolex watch and tried to hock it at a local pawnshop Friday morning was identified Monday, and the watch has been returned to its owner, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

The Rolex is valued at about $8,000.

An Orrington woman reported that she left her Rolex watch in her car, which was being serviced at a local car dealership, and it was missing when she picked up the vehicle, the sergeant said Monday morning.

“It appears that the watch was taken while the car was parked outside after it had been serviced,” Edwards said.

“While Officer [Joe] Baillargeon was taking the report, the on duty sergeant overheard this and told the officer that a local pawnshop owner had called that morning to report a man had tried to pawn a Rolex watch that he claimed to have found,” Edwards said in a press release.

Police got an image of the man from the pawnshop’s surveillance camera, which includes a time of 10:52 a.m. Friday, and released it publicly on Monday. It shows a man wearing baggy clothing, including a jacket with a Mountain Dew logo and “AMP” printed across the zippered front, and a dark hat with a white ring. Edwards said the suspect is not an employee of the car dealership.

Following the release of the surveillance photo, “several tips were received this morning, and based on that, officers located the man at a local jewelry store after receiving a phone call from that store,” Edwards said early Monday afternoon.

“After several interviews were conducted, it was determined that the watch was actually misplaced at another business and that an employee of that business found it and gave it to her husband to sell. At this time, charges are pending and the watch is back with its owner.”

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